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The ARTP are the guardians of quality-assured diagnostic spirometry in the UK. We offer training those who are novices to this measurement and an certification system to ensure that those who undertake diagnostic spirometry are performing and interpreting the results to internationally acceptable standards.

The ARTP are also responsible for holding the national register of spirometry certified practitioners.

What is Spirometry?

Spirometry is the most commonly performed lung function test. By performing maximal inspiratory and expiratory manoeuvres through a mouthpiece, it provides us with basic information about a patient’s airways function and vital capacity.

Spirometry TestingIt may be performed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • To detect the presence or absence of lung disease
  • To confirm the findings of other investigations
  • To quantify the extent of lung impairment
  • To investigate the effects of other diseases on lung function
  • To monitor the effects of environmental exposures
  • To determine the effects of medication interventions

On the 12th September 2016 there was the launch of a competency assessment framework ‘Quality Assured Spirometry’, and this document sets the minimum competency standards for healthcare practitioners performing spirometry. The ARTP spirometry qualifications are now the recognised competency assessment qualifications for all practitioners performing spirometry. The ARTP are now also responsible for holding the national register of spirometry accredited practitioners at all levels. The document can be accessed via this link. The framework will be phased in commencing 1st April 2017 with full implementation by 31st March 2021.

This document has been brought about by a collaboration between ARTP and: 

For any queries regarding the spirometry training or registration, please contact:
c/o EBS                                                City Wharf                                            Lichfield                                                Staffordshire                                        WS14 9DZ                                           Tel:  01543 442141                              Email: 
ARTP Spirometry Administration
c/o Institute for Clinical Science & Technology
33 Cathedral Road
CF11 9HB
Tel: 02920 092828
Education for Health:
The Athenaeum
10 Church Street, 
CV34 4AB
Tel: 01926 493313 


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